Across The Field: Leaders champs
November, 11, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
It was a week off, and the Buckeyes clinched a championship. After Penn State's loss at Nebraska, the Buckeyes are two games up in the Leaders Division with two to play, which means the worst that can happen is a tie for the division title with Wisconsin and/or Penn State, and the Badgers are already assured of playing in the league title game. Anyhow, with a week off, the Buckeyes rested and the coaches went on the road to recruit. Welcome to Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Brad Bournival might have been the hardest working man in BuckeyeNation this week with a the recruiting news buzzing in a busy week.
- ESPN 150 OT Dorian Johnson will have at least two more visits to Columbus before a decision, which is a good sign.
- The 10-0 start does a lot for the coaches' pitches to recruits this week.
- Joey Bosa is poised to come to Ohio State out of one of the country's best high school programs.
- The Buckeyes have a good shot to finish strong, writes Jeremy Crabtree in Fact or Fiction.
- A 2013 ESPN 150 receiver from Florida is quietly in the mix as well.
- Ohio State extended offers in the 2014 class to LB Nyles Morgan, RB Nick Chubb and LB Dillon Bates and another to 2015 RB Damien Harris.
- 2014 QB Drew Barker doesn't have an offer yet, but he received a visit.
- Urban Meyer went to Northeast Ohio early in the week, and to Georgia late in the week, to Atlanta and its suburbs.
- Still no word from WR Thaddeus Snodgrass, who should announce soon.
- The new ESPN 150/300 is out, and the Buckeyes have 11 in the top 300.
- Raekwon McMillan went to Florida for a visit, and he said the Buckeyes still lead.
- Bournival's Offered series continued with Johnson, DT Donovan Munger and OT Jimmy Byrne.
- Byrne is watching the Buckeyes closely, even though he can't watch them in person.
- And in the 2016 class (yes, that's high school freshmen), Ohio State already sees massive potential in the brother of a 2013 pledge.
- On the current team, Etienne Sabino is on track for a return at Wisconsin, and he might not recognize some new parts of the defense.
- Where would the Buckeyes be in the BCS if they were eligible? Probably not in great shape among the remaining unbeatens, writes Brian Fremeau.
- Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are bringing back memories of Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson.
- Noah Spence had a tough middle of the season, but is coming along.
- The easy win over Illinois gave freshmen some good playing time.
- Austin Ward looked at the five most impressive statistical performances this season:
- Braxton Miller's show against UCF
- Ryan Shazier's breakout against Cal
- John Simon's dominance against Nebraska
- Carlos Hyde's touchdown party
- Bradley Roby's tip drill
- Could Jim Tressel end up at Kentucky? (Dispatch, $)
- And Tressel will attend the Michigan game. (WBNS, Land Grant Holy Land)
- Ten reasons why this year's team should be enjoyed. (Eleven Warriors)
- Going undefeated next year will be a lot tougher, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch, $)
- Braxton Miller doesn't like talking about himself. (Lantern)
- The court wasn't ship shape in Charleston, so the opener is now at home against Albany on Sunday.
- Toledo Whitmer's Nigel Hayes is down to the Buckeyes and Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes didn't get to play, but the trip still meant something, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch, $)
- Ohio State might have trouble finding ways to score, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- Thad Matta thinks he'll be doing a lot more mixing and matching with the lineup this season. (Lantern)
- Jared Sullinger is finding a role in the NBA already.
- The OSU women made a solid comeback against Notre Dame before losing on the Yorktown. (Lantern)
The Gang's All Here
- At the Carrier Classic, the two basketball-playing Crafts honored their brother, who is serving in Afghanistan. (Lantern)
Braxton Miller, Ohio State Begin Spring Drills
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35